Home for Christmas? Get the latest on teenager ‘kidnapped’ by Boston Children’s Hospital

EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to inclement weather in Dallas over the weekend, Glenn and his staff were still unable to make it into the office. Instead, Glenn broadcasted his radio program from home. As a result, no video clips will be available from Monday’s radio show. You can listen to the entire Glenn Beck Radio Program HERE. The story below is based on one of Monday’s radio segments.

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On Friday, Glenn spoke to Cristy Balcells, executive director of Mitoaction.org, who is working with the Pelletier family to help them regain custody of their 15-year-old daughter Justina, who has been kept in Boston Children’s Hospital against her parent’s will since February.

The medical facility took custody of her when her parents argued against their daughter’s diagnosis. The hospital claims that the parents over-medicalized the girl, leading them to take custody. The parents, meanwhile, have provided ample evidence that every time they’ve taken their daughter to the hospital or to the doctor, they did exactly what the doctors told them to do. But now the family finds themselves in a bitter dispute to get their girl home. It’s been ten months since they lost custody, and following the latest court hearing, Justina was still not allowed to go home.

“Pat and I have been on this story about this 15-year-old girl in Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and it bothers us so much,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “We both believe this is in the class of Terri Schiavo. This is an injustice that has to be rectified.”

During her time in the hospital, Justina’s condition has gotten progressively worse because she is no longer being treated for the mitochondrial disease she had been diagnosed with at a young age.

Justina was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease a few years ago and was able to live a normal life. In February, she got the flu and was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital to see a specialist. It was at that time the problems began.

A new team of doctors took over Pelletier’s case and immediately questioned her previous diagnosis. They re-diagnosed her with ‘somatoform disorder’ – a mental illness. Her parents, Lou and Linda Pelletier, were not allowed to take their child out of the hospital and were instead escorted out by security. Within four days, they lost custody of Justina.

“The family was told that Justina would be placed on the psych floor, which is where she has been since February,” Glenn explained. “And she is not being treated, and the doctors that she has had her whole life are not allowed to see her. The hospital also hasn’t allowed tutors from West Hartford School District where she’s from to see Justina. She is not allowed to see any friends, and she’s only allowed to see her parents once a week for an hour. The reports now are that she has regressed to a first grade level of learning.”

“When she came in, she could walk under her own power. Her muscles have regressed now. She has to walk with a harness. Her legs are now cold and large,” he continued. “And up until she went into the hospital, she had never been on any antipsychotic medication. Now that’s all she’s doing. The parents are missing all kinds of work and the hospital is still fighting.”

Last week, the family went to court in hopes of bringing their child home, but the judge requested another week to sort through the case. This morning, Glenn pleaded with the audience to spread this story as far and wide as humanly possible and to visit Mitoaction.org – and organization that is working with the Pelletier family to help them bring Justina home.

“The best thing that you can do is to spread this story as far as you can. I want you to go to Mitoaction.org and look for this story and what you can do to help,” Glenn said. “Get this story out as far and as wide as you possibly can. I mean I’d love to see this girl come home for Christmas… It’s an outrage. Please get involved. Mitoaction.org.”

  • Bonnie Somer

    GLENN Y HAVE THEY NOT GONE THERE W/A LAWYER OR A JUDGE EVEN? I WOULD EXHAUST ALL POSSIBILITIES AS I AM SURE THEY HAVE NO MATTER WHAT THIS IS THANX TO YOU ALL OVER THE NATION. SHE IS NOW EVEN IN A WORSE STATE AND U R RIGHT HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED FROM HER FAMILY NOT EVEN TEACHERS OR ANYONE I WOULD TAKE CAMERAS AND MAKE A FUSS OUTSIDE OF THIS HOSPITAL AND DEMAND ON THE AIR SHE BE RELEASED

  • Bonnie Somer

    GLENN Y HAVE THEY NOT GONE THERE W/A LAWYER OR A JUDGE EVEN? I WOULD EXHAUST ALL POSSIBILITIES AS I AM SURE THEY HAVE NO MATTER WHAT THIS IS THANX TO YOU ALL OVER THE NATION. SHE IS NOW EVEN IN A WORSE STATE AND U R RIGHT HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED FROM HER FAMILY NOT EVEN TEACHERS OR ANYONE I WOULD TAKE CAMERAS AND MAKE A FUSS OUTSIDE OF THIS HOSPITAL AND DEMAND ON THE AIR SHE BE RELEASED

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    It is not going to happen this government has no shame anymore.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    It is not going to happen this government has no shame anymore.

  • Shawn Locklin

    Its happening everywhere. Live in a lower income area, be a good parent & DCFS will come destroy your life… It be the very system that is suppose help help you child be the ones to cause them the most harm. I live in California &I have this saying, ” The main people who are suppose to care & help protect kids are the most crook it, They make Million off the back of our children & yet they fail them everyday”

  • Anonymous

    Glen and Pat mentioned that there was a hospital in Pittsburgh where there is also happening. Does anybody know which one?

  • Michael Brinson

    Someone needs to let the webmaster at mitoaction.org know that the link to “Donate directly to Justina’s Family here” is broken.
    I just tried to donate and was unable to.
    This needs to be fixed right away! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has tried to donate and has been unable to.

  • Anonymous

    Your caps lock make your comment not worth reading.

  • Taya Airgood Bianco

    This I’m curious to know as well.. My 7 year old has Mitochondrial disease, which took her into stage 5 kidney failure. Needless to say, we are veterans of Children’s Hospital.. We have had good luck there. I couldn’t ask for better specialists.. her neurologist is neck deep into the Mito world (Dr. Amy Goldstein), and the kidney doc she has had nearly her whole life have been wonderful!

  • Fat Lip

    Sounds like a case for some old west justice . EYE FOR AN EYE try me Mr. Big Gov’ we have danced before right . you tried to kill my child with one of your visitors from Mexico !
    Run at them not from them !

  • Susan Gates

    Glenn Please contact Ben Carson. He is a neurosurgeon and would know. It would show the American people what Love is all about. I know in my heart that he would help her. God Bless Justina and her Family. They will be in my prayers.

  • jgbrite

    It is totally clear that Liberals what to murder the babies, seniors, and veterans but haven’t they always pretended that they would take every thing we had if it would save just one child? Maybe they have already saved – ONE!

  • Reder Rocker

    DO NOT LET THE STATE OF BOSTON DO THIS!!! KICK THEIR ASS !

  • Anonymous

    Boston is a city, not a state. But I appreciate your sentiments.

  • Reder Rocker

    Understood, But Boston doesn’t know that

  • Massachusetts Resident

    Besides the fact that this is such a horrific travesty, making her a ward of the State of Massachusetts costs us tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed, house and treat her. How much does a room at a hospital cost per day?? LOTS!! Money that could have been used to do something good instead of this terrible thing that DCF has done.

  • Massachusetts Resident

    DCF (Department of Children and Families) here in Massachusetts just made the papers last month when DCF workers were told to routinely (Per DCF Policy!) view teens in the nude. No suspicion required. Two workers quit over this policy citing how wrong this was. I think they were in the Leominster Office. The social worker’s union fought this policy. You can look it up yourself.